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Mid Devon (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SS 96084 25781



2/135 Timewell House

5.4.66 II

House. Circa early C16 or earlier origins, remodelled in the C17 and altered and extended in the early C19. Rendered stone with slate roofs the roof of the C19 block behind a parapet ; rendered stacks. Plan: The earliest part of the house is a single depth block, 2½ rooms wide and later used as a service wing to the early C19 extension. The core of this block is a late medieval open hall house probably floored over and remodelled in the late C16 with a further C17 refurbishment. The full extent and plan form of this wing is hot entirely clear and- it may have been truncated in the early C19 when an L plan block was added, set forward from the wing at the right end. The L plan block has a central entrance into a stair hall, 1 large principal room to the right and 2 smaller principal rooms to the left with a rear left wing with a roof with a hipped end. A C20 lean-to kitchen has been added to the rear of the hipped wing. Exterior: 2 storeys. The principal front elevation (early C19) has a 5 window originally symmetrical front with a moulded cornice and parapet and plat-band at first floor level. Good Bathstone porch with paired Doric columns to the front and paired pilasters to the rear. 2-leaf half-glazed front door recessed below a segmental arch with a pretty semi-circular fanlight with glazing bars. 12-pane sash windows throughout except ground floor right where 2 sashes have been replaced with a Ham Hill canted bay window, either late C19 or C20, with a 12-pane sash in the centre and 4 over 6-pane sashes in the outer lights. Sash windows to the left and right returns of the main block including 2 adjacent pairs of 12-pane sashes on the ground floor of the left return. The late medieval wing has a 4 window elevation to the front with sash windows with glazing bars; left end stack and a C19 projecting lateral brick stack on the front. Interior: The late medieval wing preserves some interesting early C18 plasterwork on the ground floor with a decorated cornice and egg and dart decoration over some of the cross beams ; other crossbeams are C17 with cyma reversa mouldings and scroll stops. The ground floor has a late C19 or C20 axial rear passage cutting through some of the decoration. Decayed moulded plaster cornice to first floor room. 4 smoke-blackened medieval roof trusses survive below a later roof ; 3 of the trusses are conventional early C16 collar rafter trusses but 1 truss (the second from the left) is closely spaced to the first from left truss with a lower apex and has a yoke supporting a short post with a tenon at the top. This truss may be earlier than the others and suggests 2 phases to the open hall arrangement. The interior of the early C19 block has an open well stair with a C20 replaced balustrade with heavy stick balusters and ramped wreathed handrail. Plaster cornices and early C19 joinery survives; the chimneypieces are introductions in an C18 style.

Listing NGR: SS9608425781


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 19 Sep 2003
Reference: IOE01/11251/34
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Robin Downes. Source Historic England Archive
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